An opportunity to “build solutions to global..
An opportunity to “build solutions to global challenges.”
Heading towards its 8th year, the biggest and the most exciting hackathon on Earth – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s International Space Apps Challenge – will return again on October 18 to October 20 at De La Salle University.
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development marathon focused on developing real solutions to global challenges, together with coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technologies. It is hosted in major cities including London, Panama, Taipei, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, and Metro Manila.
The event will run for 48 hours and participants all over the world will simultaneously hack solutions to challenges that NASA proposes, creating games, smartphone and computer apps, videos, teaching tools, and much more.
Photo via Space Apps Challenge website (screenshot)
Moreover, International Space Apps 2019 will revolve on 5 challenge categories: Earth's Oceans, Our Moon, Planets Near and Far, To The Stars, and Living In Our World.
Photo via NASA International Space Apps Challenge Twitter Page
The judges chosen by the local leads or cities will judge the entries with the following criteria:
Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem? Will it inspire or help many, or a few?
Creativity: How creative/innovative is the approach? Are the project novel and something that hasn’t been attempted before, or is it an incremental improvement on something that already exists?
Validity: Is the solution scientifically valid? Will it do what it sets out to do? Can it work in the real world?
Relevance: Is this project responsive to the challenge for which it was submitted? Is it a complete solution or does it have a long way to go? Is it technically feasible? How usable or user-friendly is the solution?
Presentation: How well did the team communicate their project? Were they effective in telling the story of the project: the challenge, the solution, and why is it important? After the local judging, two projects can be nominated to advance to global judging by NASA.
Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries. Last year, a Filipino team won one of six top spots at the annual hackathon with their app “ISDApp” in the “Galactic Impact” category. Their winning piece is dubbed as the solution with the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe.
What are you waiting for? Join this year’s hackathon and be part of a solution to fight global challenges. Watch out for the latest announcements and event details by visiting 2019.spaceappschallenge.org.